Bug 23069 - Installation hangs at loader step
Installation hangs at loader step
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: installer (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Michael Fulbright
Brock Organ
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Reported: 2001-01-01 03:44 EST by palmerross
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:30 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-01-26 13:12:50 EST
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Description palmerross 2001-01-01 03:44:20 EST
My system hangs during the installation of RH7.0.
The final messages on the screen are:

    running install
    running /sbin/loader

Then nothing else.  Have to cycle the power to recover.
I get exactly the same problem booting from CD or floppy.
(The CD is OK as I have used it successfully on a different system.)

There are no obvious errors in the initial boot messages,
and all the hardware seems to have been detected without a problem.

Using the update disk doesn't help as it hangs before getting
to the point of asking for the disk.

This is actually a partitionless installation (though I never get
to the point of selecting the type).  The other OS is Windows ME.

The system is a Compaq Presario 5WV272, 750 MHz AMD Duron CPU,
128 MB memory, VIA chipset (PCI, USB, IDE).  
I installed RH6.2 on it (also partitionless) with no problem.
Comment 1 Michael Fulbright 2001-01-03 18:14:27 EST
Try booting the installer with the command line

linux nousb

and see if that helps.
Comment 2 palmerross 2001-01-03 21:21:52 EST
Yes that fixes it
(though it kills general USB support on this system).

Thanks for your help.
Comment 3 Michael Fulbright 2001-01-26 13:12:44 EST
USB support is new to the kernel and unfortunately they haven't got it working
on all hardware.

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